Almost. I think. I don't know what else to do. Shelby had her first high school band concert last night...at the middle school. The lights in there are horrible to begin with...very soft, dark, tungsten. And then they have these blinding lights overhead that shine down on the band. It makes getting a nice picture next to impossible. So does having the band director stand directly in front of your daughter. But that was my bad luck in where I happened to be sitting. So I have this. Her very first high school 'before the concert' picture. In that lovely black evening gown all the girls wear. The 9th grade band sounded so good. I couldn't help thinking back to their first 6th grade concert...and how much progress they'd made. :) And the other band...with the upper classmen? A-ma-zing. I had chills.
A few other things:
1. Target. Yesterday I was in Target. I had to buzz in for 3 small things. I was repeating these 3 small things over and over so I wouldn't forget them. (I do that.) Then I saw these bad boys: Sucky morning kitchen picture...you get the idea. They're great big storage trunks. One for sure is going down the basement...maybe both of them. Clearance...$15. Sweet.
2. My November book. I finally got the cover done: The cover is 7x12-ish. Technically the flowers aren't done. They need centers. But my glue gun was hot, so I stuck them on. Can't wait to get started November 1!
3. Today. Is a little crazy. Ian has a Halloween party at school...plus it's my morning to help in his class. Shelby has a party to go to tonight. And there's a football game in Anacortes. Iz will have to text me updates.
Ever since a certain favorite scrapbooking store closed last year, I have been looking for somewhere to get fun, new supplies. Because I need them. So bad so bad.
I think there is an actual store in Mt. Vernon...and Miss Sandy knows of one in Edmonds, WA...and a couple up in British Columbia. (Miss Sandy knows ALL the spots!) I have been searching online as well. Here are a few I have found:
2 Peas in a Bucket...wide variety of supplies (no Teresa Collins...boo!)...free shipping when you spend $50 (and sometimes deals for less)...you usually get your stuff fast.
Frantic Stamper...good variety of new products...shipping is based on weight, so it can be pretty dicey. But hey, shipping is free when you spend $500. (Insert sarcastic whoopety-doo here.)
Scrapbook.Com...Huge selection...just about every brand you can think of. Again, shipping is based on weight. I had recently placed a $30 order...until I found out shipping would be $10. I cancelled it. But I'm cheap that way. I won't pay 1/3 of what my order is in shipping costs. Their customer service department was very quick and nice about cancelling my order without giving me any hassle.
Blue Moon Scrapbooking...Just ordered from them for the first time yesterday. They have a decent selection...lots of new stuff. Their shipping is $5.99 if your order is under $50...and free if it's over. And get this. I had a message on my answering maching yesterday...from this company. My first thought was "Uh oh...what's wrong with my order?" But it was this guy from their company...calling to say my order had been received, processed, and was shipping priority THAT DAY...and thank you very much for my business. Milkawhaaaaaaaa??? I'll be ordering from them again.
I know there's lots more out there. Anybody have a favorite place they order from with good, reliable service???
So Alissa and I met at Starbucks yesterday, before our weekly run to the Thrift Store. There was a touch and go moment when they gave me a ham breakfast sandwich instead of a bacon one...but they were super sweet and fast about fixing it. I love those bacon sandwiches. There weren't any more Marcy records. Holy cow! I did not know there was so much Marcy love out there! Maybe I'm missing something. Think she's got a CD out? I'm pretty sure in today's world her stylist would tell her it's a no-no to dress to match your dummy...but what do I know?
I did find this yesterday: A huge, framed map of the US!!! I have been thinking of doing this project for a long time...and there it was, all done for me...for $3.99! I'm going to hang it above the piano. Actually, Iz is going to hang it. He's not quite as giddy as I am about it though.
In other news... -I finished Ian's mouse ears and tail. He's going to be such a cute mouse! ;)
-Since I had my sewing machine out, I sewed 23 Girl Scout patches onto Belle's vest. Apparently I was a little behind in that.
-Luke's ankle is good news/bad news. He definitely tore one tendon completely. And another partially. But the orthopod guy said he could tape, brace & play...even through basketball season...provided it doesn't start hurting (he has no pain or swelling) or he doesn't roll it again. So we'll see how far he gets. He will ultimately need surgery to fix it...but they should be able to sew his tendon together, and not have to harvest a tendon from somewhere else.
-My half a cow is coming soon! (Apologies to you non meat-eaters)...we've been out of hamburger, roasts & steaks for a while. I'm so excited. Chicken & pork are fine...but I am a beef girl. :)
-It's Alissa's turn in Shimelle's new journaling class. Her book is soooo cute!
-Off to do the Wednesday routine with Rodney & Ian. This new DVD is definitely harder than the beginner one...but I'm liking it. That dude is one stretchy pretzel man. Doing yoga with Ian continues to be a hoot. Yesterday was filled with comments like... "Oh man...this hurts!" Ooof. Ugh. Argh! "I don't bend like that mom." Holy cow! And let's now forget "This hurts my privates!" Rodney never says any of that stuff.
Do you know that song? I refrained from singing it this morning. Barely. My kids just don't appreciate fine musical renditions. They don't know how lucky they are. Seriously. How many of their friend's moms sing as they drive away to school? Or wave wildly in their blue bathrobes?
In the kitchen this morning... He's usually an early riser. Don't get between him and his Lucky Charms though. Aren't they pitiful? Belle actually has pretty good morning hair here. We like to tease her just a little. With kind names like "Beaver Dam"..."Rats Nest"..and "Holy Crow, is the brush still in there?".
In other news... -Luke had a 50 yard touchdown reception yesterday. But I missed it. It turned out that Iz went to the game and I stayed home with the other kids.
-Only 5 days until Halloween. I have GOT to get Ian's mouse ears done. Today I'm looking for a gray stocking hat. And I have to make a little black skirt for Shelby to wear over her leggings. (Snort...I just said Shelby and skirt in the same sentence.)
-So, trick or treating...is it on Saturday or Sunday? Anybody know?
-Word of wisdom: When you're opening the kitchen window, don't have your fingertip in the way of the window sliding open. It will get majorly scrunched. You will see stars and want to pass out from the pain. And your children may learn new words.
-Off to Starbucks and the Thrift Store with Alissa this morning. Where I may find such treasures as this from last time: I had to get it. Doesn't Marcy look a little like Chucky in a Christmas dress? I know they're singing Jesus songs and all...but ventriloquism seriously icks me out. HUGE creep factor.
I accused you of ear bud thievery. I am sorry. It appears you are not guilty of taking them...as they FINALLY (and rather mysteriously, I might add) turned up under the passenger seat in my car. So unless you somehow figured out how to open the door to the garage...snuck into said garage...opened the door to my car, and hid the ear buds under the seat...you are innocent in this particular crime. Of course no one of the two legged variety knows anything about it.
However. I know you stole Luke's keys. And I'm pretty sure you stole my bra. You abducted my monkey slipper...but I got him back. He's not the same though. I'll be watching you.
1. the weekend. It was Belle's last volleyball and Ian's last soccer game on Saturday. I will miss Ian and those boys playing together. Coach Tim, you were awesome! Belle's team has one more game left. So far they are undefeated! yay! And the Lions managed to stay undefeated with a squeaker of a win against Burlington-Edison...21-20. Yikes. I stayed home with Ian & Belle. Iz went and texted me with updates.
2. new class. Shimelle has a new class starting today. And Miss Alissa is one of the guest designers! It's one of those classes that you can do any time...so I think I'm going to do mine in January, as the next 68 days are a little busy for me.
3. new yoga. Today Ian and I start this: Not sure why I'm so excited, but I am. :)
4. today... -I will start/finish? Ian's mouse ears and tail. (got the material for it.) -mail in my vote! -I will not eat any of the chocolate chip cookies I baked yesterday. (If I eat one...I end up eating around 12.) -I will go to Luke's JV football game in Burlington.
And he was quite the busy fish. A very big thank you to Michelle & Cory for taking him to London! Here he is at Buckingham Palace: And at London Bridge: At London Bridge with Lego Man (another little travelling guy): I'm pretty sure Harlan liked posing with Lego Man. (BFS...Big Fish Syndrome.) Here he is in the Tube: Here he is at their friend's place...with the Ely Cathedral in the back: I hope he was a good house guest. I didn't hear about any ale incidents. Harlan at Castle Rising: Isn't that cool? Then he went on the London Eye: You can see Parliament behind him. And at Trafalgar Square: What a trip! Thanks again Michelle & Cory!
1. the mouse. Thanks for all the great mouse suggestions! I am hopefully going to Joann's today for some ear and tail material. Ian is still excited....but he has started asking questions. "Will I have to eat cheese?" "Will the girls (black cats) chase me?" To which I tell him..."WHAT? Noooooooo. That would never happen. Let's think about the cool mousetraps." And then he's happy again.
2. the book. So my November book (to answer a couple of questions) is not an official online class. It's just something I'm making up as I go. :) I will post the daily prompts and some of my pages if you want to make one too. Sidenote: How is it possible to have approximately 8,604 pieces of paper...but not what you have in mind for a project? Whine: Nobody seems to make fall lines anymore.
3. the cat. She still hasn't given up my earphones. And my bra is still missing.
4. the ankle. So after two weeks of no running/no football, and wearing the brace all the time...Luke's ankle looks normal again. No swelling. We're still going in for an MRI to check for tendon damage...today actually. He has no limping, no pain...we'll see what the scan shows.
5. the Tolo. Back in the day...or, "The Olden Days" as my children refer to my past...we didn't have a girls ask the guys dance. I remember my parents talking about Sadie Hawkins dances...(and by the way...THAT would be the olden days, my friends...NOT the glorious 80's!) Lynden has a Tolo...same concept. I admire the girls nowadays...they're so brave. The thought of asking a boy to a dance would have made me sick to my stomach for a week. Lord, I can feel a zit breaking out right now just thinking about it.
6. the yoga. Ian and I continue to have our morning dates with Rodney. Ian is the proud new owner of a blue yoga mat. I did in fact, find this at Target: so we're excited to start it next Monday. Ian is such a hoot. On the DVD there's an introduction...and whenever I go to fast forward through it, Ian says "No mom! I like to hear Rodney talk!" I'm pretty sure he's the only kid in his class that says "Namaste". Maybe he should have been Rodney for Halloween. That's what we could have been. Three cats and Rodney.
1. Ian's costume. Thanks to miss tami...Ian has agreed to be a mouse. Who will be chased by 3 black cats. Honestly though, I think he's most excited about having mouse traps on his tail. That part, for whatever reason, is very cool to him. I found the grey for his body (easy...grey sweatpants & shirt)...but I can't find ears & a tail anywhere. So it looks like I'll have to make those. Wish me luck. Anyone have a good mouse ear pattern?
2. Thankful book. I'm starting to gather up supplies for my November project...a daily "I'm thankful for..." book. I like gathering up supplies. It means rummaging through my stuff. And when I do that, I tend to find things. Word paper is from an old thesaurus at the thrift store. .50 or something silly like that. yay! I loooove Teresa Collins 'Grateful' line. There will be lots of it in my book. And stamps. Stamps are fun. I still have more rummaging to do. But I've started on the cover. It's going to be a 6x12 chipboard covered book.
3. Projects. So I've had these fun old frames laying around for forever. I finally got the spray paint for them yesterday. One is gold...but it's new color will be ivory. Cream. Ecru. Whatever. Note to self: next time you want to spray paint something...sand it first. Even though the can says the paint will stick to pretty much anything...it doesn't stick to gold frame. I need to see what I can do to save it today.
4. thank you Phil. My sweet brother found a Scrabble set for me at a garage sale last weekend. What a guy. :)
5. Early release today. You know how I feel about early release. Bah.
1. Learn Something New... I finally finished my book: Here's the last 3 days of September: This last page could be a whole mini book on it's own.
2. the thief strikes again. Now my earbuds...you know, to my iPod...are gone. GONE. My children (and husband) swear they didn't touch them. So I turned to her. I was nice at first. I asked her what she did with them. I said if they were returned there would be no questions asked. Nothing. Then I sat her in a chair and put a big light in her face. She still wouldn't talk. I have looked everywhere. (Except where they are.) They're not under the bed. help.
3. football yesterday. The JV played Mt. Baker and won. yay! Luke was cleared to play again: I seem to have quite a few of these pictures. Maybe I'll just do a mini book and call it "You can't see it...but he has the ball here." Or an alternate title..."Maybe I should sit on the other side of the field."
4. for december (or november...I can't decide yet)... available at Designer Digitals.
5. To Do List: -yoga (still liking Rodney...but it's harder than last week.) -Starbucks with Alissa (fortification for the thrift store.) -errands in Bellingham. -bake cookies and take some to dad. -pressure Ian to figure out what he wants to be for Halloween. The girls and I are being black cats this year. Ian's not on board with that, so he can be whatever he wants. But he's still undecided. After suggesting 431 things to him...he's on his own.